Spring Break 2013!

We know we just posted about the cold weather here in Chicago, but regardless of the snow on the ground, spring break is just around the corner! Courtney Hrejsa shares ideas on where to go and what to do in and around Chicago.


While we can’t wait to see you at CCM over spring break, we know you and your family are looking for additional destinations for adventures on your week-off. Consider some of these options—a little quirky and a little offbeat, just the way we like it!

  • The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst (just a train ride away!) “displays gemstone treasures, antiques to modern with a blending of earth science exhibits.” Filled with intricately-carved stones and gems, this place will make your young geologists swoon! Also perfect for those who enjoy the more non-sequitur forms of art, such as a diorama featuring an elephant carved from obsidian. 
  • Are your little ones obsessed with all things transportation? The Chicago Bridge House Museum is the destination for you! Explore the inner-workings of Chicago’s historic moving bridges that line the Chicago River.
  • Bundle up and head to Oz Park in Lincoln Park for a Wizard of Oz-themed snow day! With life-size sculptures of the main characters and a themed playlot to boot, this place is just plain old fun, movie fan or not.
  • Do like donating or receiving free books? Bird watching? Seeing a herd of white tailed deer? All of these things are possible at North Park Village Nature Center, FREE and located on Chicago’s northwest side. The naturalist in your family will love it!
  • If you’ve always wondered where you can buy surplus military parachutes, glow in the dark paints, plumbing parts, and laboratory-grade beakers, you’ve clearly never made it to American Science & Surplus! With locations on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago and in Geneva, this place is a hoot to root around in. With lots of funky stuff priced below $5, it’s easy to explore for a while without breaking the bank.  

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